Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Teacher Takeaways for Tell All Tuesday!

Who doesn't love some alliteration? And lists? I love lists! 

I'm linking up with Diana from My Day in K and Jayme at Teach. Talk. Inspire. for Tell All Tuesday! This week is a TOP 10 LIST! DID I MENTION I LOVE LISTS!




It's not personal. Kids are going to act up. Parents might be rude to you. Admin might get huffy. People have bad days. It is very easy to take little things to heart, but it isn't personal. If it's a one time thing, let it go. Don't dwell on it.

Once you get comfortable, things are going to change. Curriculum, school hours, your class... it will change. Probably right when you are comfortable and confident with what you are doing. Learn to adapt to change. It keeps you learning and keeps you on your toes!

You may be the only constant in a child's life. We all know that generally, the kids who drive us the craziest need the most love. It's very true. They are little and don't know how to adapt to change and don't have the vocabulary to ask for what they need. Remember that you may be the only positive person in their life. Yes, you may want to strangle them. Don't. Give 'em love instead.

Real life isn't laminated. As best said by the great Blair Turner, real life isn't always laminated. Don't compare yourself to every beautiful picture on Pinterest. Things may not always be pretty, and that's okay. Your kids will learn if that cute task card border got cut off. Every day is not picture perfect- it is real. Be real, and embrace it.

Invest in a good coffee machine. Nuff said. Keep one at home. Keep one at school. Have some backups, you'll need them.

When you play the game of teaching, you laugh or die. Have fun! If you can't laugh and enjoy yourself throughout your day, you won't survive.

Take pictures of EVERYTHING! See a great anchor chart? Take a picture. Your struggling little just wrote his name for the first time? Take a picture. Want your supplies put back a certain way? Take a picture. Have an old flip phone or ipod? Teach your kids how to take pictures.

Budget. It is easy to get carried away with the Dollar Spot, TPT sales, Creative Teaching Press catalogs.... but you don't need it all, having it all won't make you the worlds best teacher. If you are stressed about paying your bills and have had nothing but Ramen for weeks, your kids are going to feel that stress. Make a budget and stick to it.

All you can do is your best. Lessons don't always go your way. You think your kids know expectations in May, then they break out in a marker sword fight during your formal observation (true story). If today was bad, go home, pour some wine, and think about how to make it better. You did your best, don't beat yourself up. That one bad lesson won't ruin your kids for life. Make it better the next day.

Be prepared for EVERYTHING. Stuff happens. Last minute assemblies, vomit all over your new center materials (again, true story), snowstorms, new students. We teachers are stressed out people. We don't need any more on top of that. Plan. Double check it. Have a back-up. If you are prepared to deal with whatever comes at you, you won't be (as) stressed when it comes up.


What are your top ten teacher takeaways?

7 comments:

  1. Deirdre you have some really great lessons!! I couldn't agree more with your list!! It is oh so important to laugh and be patient and prepared for change! I really love your advice to remember that we may be the one constant thing in a child's life, and it is important to make that relationship a loving and positive one!
    Thank you so much for sharing such great lessons with us, you nailed it!!

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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    1. Having fun is so important! I know it's easy to forget that when we have all these standards and deadlines looming over us, but it makes a huge difference! Thanks for reading!

      Deirdre

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  2. Wow Deirdre, I just love your post! I found myself nodding along to each of your points that you made. I especially loved your point about how real life isn't laminated. It's so easy to feel inadequate when you see some things floating around social media these days but we can only do our best and sometimes that's not all sunshine and rainbows! Thank you so much for linking up with us and sharing your ideas!

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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    1. Thanks for hosting such a fun linky! We do our best, and it pays off! My kids always end up doing well and learning a ton, and that happens even though I'm kind of a hot mess most days! Thanks for reading!

      Deirdre

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  3. WOW! This was SUCH a great list!! I valued each and every one of your top ten items! Thanks for sharing!
    Erin
    Very Perry Classroom

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Erin! I'll need to remember them myself on those rough days :)

      Deirdre

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  4. Deirdre, I loved reading through your list and you can definitely tell you LOVE your kiddos. They are lucky to have you. A good coffee machine and having fun is a must. I found myself nodding right along especially when I read the part about being comfortable. I feel like just when you are comfortable something changes, ah! Thanks for taking the time to link up with us!

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